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Environmental Law and Sustainability


‚ÄčThis research guide is for people seeking information on federal and Arizona environmental law, including regulatory efforts and permitting, as well as broader topics that concern resource management and sustainability. For domestic and international water rights law and commentary, see the Water Law research guide.

Getting Started

Environmental Information: Research, Access, and Environmental Decisionmaking (Sarah Lamdan, 2017)
This print book, available in the Law Library, is published by the Environmental Law Institute. It is designed to help legal practitioners and researchers identify and locate environmental records, documents, and data. It provides information on best practices for conducting environmental research and tips on how to obtain information from nontraditional sources like government offices and open meetings.

Environmental Law: A Legal Research Guide (Christopher C. Dykes & Daniel G. Donohue, 2018)
This book available in PDF from HeinOnline on campus or through ASURITE provides a comprehensive overview of locating environmental law resources, from federal state and federal statutes and case law to books and treatises to databases and websites.

Choosing a Paper Topic Research Guide
This research guide from the Ross-Blakley Law Library is designed for students who are writing a substantive legal research paper and are looking for guidance on how to begin. The guide details sources for help in selecting a paper topic and offers insight in how to check whether your paper will add new information to the field of law.

Conducting a Preemption Check Research Guide
This research guide details the recommended steps for conducting a preemption check, as well as provides information on and links to a variety of resources for conducting a thorough check.

Legal Citation Research Guide
This research guide introduces the Bluebook and other materials to help you format footnotes and citation sentences.

Ask a Law Librarian

The reference librarians at the Ross-Blakley Law Library are happy to help you find or navigate research resources. Librarians are available 9am-4pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-2pm on Friday.

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Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (COL) Students

  • Make an Appointment with a Law Librarian: COL students can make an individual appointment with a law librarian for one-on-one assistance by submitting an online request form. Appointments are available in-person, by phone, or via Zoom.
  • Group Research Training with a Law Librarian: This is an opportunity for groups of three or more COL students to receive personalized research training on any legal research topic. The Law Library’s expert reference librarians will meet with your group and provide instruction and training to meet your research needs. Group trainings can be held in-person or via Zoom.
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